crimea1by Vladimir Radyuhin

On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, became part of a

foreign state as the Soviet Union broke up along arbitrarily drawn administrative borders.

However, reuniting a divided people may not have been the prime motive that forced President Vladimir Putin’s hand in Crimea. The Ukraine crisis is viewed in Moscow as a continuation of the Western plan to encircle Russia militarily and torpedo its reintegration efforts in the former Soviet Union.

The new leaders in Kiev installed with the West’s support are the same people who staged the “orange revolution” in Ukraine in 2004 and set Ukraine on the path of NATO membership.

Strategic catastrophe

Ukraine’s induction into NATO would be a strategic catastrophe for Russia. NATO would come within 425 kilometres of Moscow, cut off Russia from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and squeeze it out of the Caucasus.

Conservative Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, whose ideas of Russia’s Eurasianism as opposed to Western ultra-liberalism increasingly resonate in the Kremlin, views the current upheaval in Ukraine as “the battle of the unipolar world of U.S. hegemony against Russia.”

“Whereas in Libya we shunned the battle, because we had [President Dmitry] Medvedev at the helm, in Syria and Ukraine we have taken up the gauntlet,” Prof. Dugin wrote last month.

In Ukraine, Mr. Putin made the same point he has been driving home in Syria: regime change by force is illegal. When Western nations hailed the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine as “a democratic free choice of the Ukrainian people,” Mr. Putin’s reply was: Crimea also has the right to make its own free choice.

The West pushed Mr. Putin too far in Ukraine, which is more than just a former Soviet state. It is where the Russian nation was born — in medieval “Kievan Rus” — and it is still part of the “Russian world.” The West’s efforts to bring Ukraine into its orbit were viewed in Moscow as an encroachment on Russia itself.

“For Russia, it is not just a red line; it’s a solid double red line that no one is permitted to cross,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of Russia’s authoritative Council on Foreign and Defence Policy.

Ukraine, the second most powerful economy in the former Soviet Union, is a linchpin to Mr. Putin’s plan to build the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a Moscow-led version of the European Union. The U.S. denounced the plan as a disguised attempt to re-create the Soviet Union and vowed to disrupt it.

“There is a move to re-Sovietize the region,” Hillary Clinton said in 2012, when she was still U.S. Secretary of State. “It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a Customs Union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that.”

“But let’s make no mistake about it,” she added. “We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”

An “effective way” to wreck Mr. Putin’s project was found when the European Union offered Ukraine an “either-or” choice between closer ties with Europe or membership in Mr. Putin’s EEU. As former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote years ago, “Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire in Eurasia.”

Mr. Yanukovych used the E.U. talks for a free trade and association pact in order to play Europe against Russia in an attempt to get the best deals from both sides, but overplayed his hand. When he scuttled the E.U. pact last November in favour of a multi-billion Russian aid package, Ukrainians felt robbed of their hopes for prosperous life in affluent Europe. It was an illusion assiduously nurtured by Western politicians and the media, but Mr. Yanukovych’s turnaround triggered mass protests that eventually brought down his kleptocratic and inept regime.

Apart from geopolitical compulsions, Moscow’s support for Crimea’s breakaway bid was driven by important domestic considerations. The protests in Ukraine, manipulated as they were by the West, reflected the rise of grass-root civic activity against corruption and authoritarianism — the same problems that bedevil Russia and that brought thousands of anti-government protesters onto the streets of Moscow two years ago. By intervening in Ukraine, Mr. Putin sought to stop the surging pro-democracy wave from spilling over to Russia.

Mr Putin is widely expected to seek a fourth presidential term in 2018. However, the protest rallies against his return to presidency in 2012 were a sign of growing wariness with his rule. A poll conducted by the respected Levada Centre last year found that half of Russians would like to see a new leader in 2018. A multi-thousand-strong rally in Moscow at the weekend showed that anti-Putin sentiments are still strong among West-oriented urbanites.

However, overall, Russians support Mr. Putin’s policy on Crimea’s reunification. A March survey showed that Mr. Putin’s approval ratings rose by 10 per cent in one month and were at the highest level in years.

Experts said Mr. Putin needs a new agenda to retain voter support — reassembly of lost Russian lands. “Putin has exhausted the limit of people’s gratitude for having saved the country from chaos and ruin,” said Prof. Dugin. “He needs a new future-oriented strategy to re-establish his legitimacy. Eurasian integration of the former Soviet space would give him such strategy.”

Serious risks

Mr. Putin’s intervention in Ukraine has brought Russia strategic gains but is fraught with serious risks.

Crimea’s reunification with Russia solves the problem of the Black Sea Fleet, which Ukraine’s new leaders vowed to shut down and for which there is no other basing location that does not freeze in winter. Russia retains strategic grip on the region and ability to project its naval power to the Mediterranean and beyond.

The Ukraine and Western powers said they would not recognise Crimea’s split from Ukraine, but Russia argued that Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence from Serbia provided legitimate precedent. Moscow recalled the 2010 ruling by the U.N. International Court of Justice, which said that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of a country did not violate international law.

The example of Crimea has inspired other Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine to demand greater powers from the centre. If Ukraine switches from a unitary state to a federation, the pro-Russia regions will get the right to block any sharp swing of the country towards the West.

At the same time there is a risk of Ukraine sinking into chaos. Mr. Yanukovych’s downfall left Ukraine in shatters. The country is bankrupt and heading for default. The new authorities’ shaky grip on power may weaken further as they embark on harsh austerity measures to qualify for urgent assistance from the International Monetary Fund and Western governments.

The rise of far right and neo-Nazi groups, who spearheaded deadly clashes in Kiev last month, widened the chasm between Ukraine’s pro-Russia southeast and nationalist west. If Ukraine breaks up along the east-west divide, its western part will join NATO. This would be a dubious victory for Russia.

Russia’s relations with the West are fast deteriorating, but how far they will slide back is an open question. “The West and Russia have sailed into uncharted waters,” said Dmitry Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.

The analyst predicted that U.S.-Russia geopolitical rivalry will intensify and affect their collaboration on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. “Although the static military confrontation is unlikely to be resurrected, nuclear deterrence will be reaffirmed, and competition in the military sphere will spread to other areas, from cyberspace to conventional prompt global strike,” Mr. Trenin wrote in Foreign Policy.

Economic sanctions the U.S. and Europe threaten to impose against Russia will push it further towards China, experts said. India may also benefit from Russia’s pivot to the East, winning greater access to Russian energy resources and speeding up talks for a free trade agreement.

It is symbolic that the new round of East-West confrontation centred on Crimea, home to the 1945 Yalta Conference, at which the Soviet Union made its World War Two allies recognise its security interests far beyond its borders.

Keywords: Russia-Crimea bilateral relations, Crimea political situation, Vladimir Putin, 1945 Yalta Conference

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1979 இல் சோவியத் யூனியன் (ரஷ்யா) சிதைவுற்ற பின் மனித வரலாற்றில் இதுவரை அறிந்திராத ஒரு இராணுவ பலம் மிக்க நாடாக அமெரிக்கா பரிணமிக்கத் தொடங்கியது. இரும்புத் திரை நாடென அறியப்பட்ட ரஷ்யாவின் வீழ்ச்சிக்குப் பின் உலகம் முழுவதும் ஜனநாயகம் தலைத்தோங்கும் அமைதியும் சுதந்திரமும் தாண்டவமாடும் என உலக மக்கள் அனைவரும் கனவு கண்டனர்.

ஆனால் ஆயுத உற்பத்தி, எண்ணெய் வளம், வங்கித்துறை, நிதித்துறை, கைத்தொழில் துறை,

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969: இது முடிவல்ல; முடிவின் தொடக்கம்!

969: இது முடிவல்ல; முடிவின் தொடக்கம்!

Gnanasaraஎன்.சரவணன் : 

முஸ்லிம் ஒருவருக்கு சொந்தமான ஒரு நகைக்கடையில் பௌத்த மதத்தை சேர்ந்த ஒருவருடன் வாய்த்தகராறு நடக்கிறது. வாய்த்தகராறில் ஈடுபட்டவருக்கு ஆதரவாக பௌத்த மதத்தை சேர்த்தவர்கள் ஒன்று கூடுகிறார்கள். சில மணித்தியாலங்களில் அந்த கடை அடித்து சேதமாக்கி அழிக்கப்படுகிறது. இதன் விளைவாக ஒரு பௌத்த பிக்கு எரிக்கப்பட்டுவிடுகிறார்.

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ஐ.நாவில் நிறைவேறிய நாள் 29 நவம்பர் 1947; நீதி சிதைக்கப்பட்டதும் அநியாயம் தலை எடுத்ததும் ............

banki bibiஐ.நாவில் நிறைவேறிய நாள் 29 நவம்பர் 1947; நீதி சிதைக்கப்பட்டதும் அநியாயம் தலை எடுத்ததும் பின்னர் நிரூபிக்கப்பட்டது

லத்தீப் பாரூக்

மனித வரலாற்றில் மிகவும் இருள் சூழ்ந்த தினமாக 29 நவம்பர் 1947 பதிவாகியுள்ளது. அன்றைய நாளில் தான் அமெரிக்காவின் அப்போதைய ஜனாதிபதி ஹரி.எஸ்.ட்ரியுமன் தலைமையில் வழிநடத்தப்பட்ட

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Palestinians Observe Al Nakba-Catastrophe

While the US led west continue to destroy Middle East

by Latheef Farook  :  

Palestinians worldwide observedthe 1948 Palestinian exodus, known as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe", on 15 March 1948, tomark the expelling and fleeing of 711,000 Palestiniansfrom their lands to create Jewish state of Israel.

Dispersed Palestinian ended up in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. These refugees and their descendants number several million people today They are divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel where they are virtually second class citizens.

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1916ல் செய்துகொள்ளப்பட்ட Sykes – Picot உடன்படிக்கை நூற்றாண்டை கடந்த நிலையில் மத்திய கிழக்கில் கொந்தளிப்போடு ஓடிக்கொண்டிருக்கும் இரத்த ஆறு

muslims killingலத்தீப் பாரூக்

19ம் நூற்றாண்டின் இரண்டாம் அரைப் பகுதியில்பிரிட்டிஷ் பேரரசு முஸ்லிம்களை பெரும்பான்மையாகக் கொண்ட மத்திய கிழக்கு உருக்குலைய வேண்டும் என்று முடிவு கட்டியது. இதே காலப்பகுதியில் தான் சியோனிஸ யூதர்களும் பலஸ்தீனத்தில் தமது தனி இராஜ்ஜியத்தை நிறுவ திட்டம் தீட்டிக்கொண்டு இருந்தனர். அந்த காலப்பகுதியில் பலஸ்தீனத்தில் 97 சதவீதத்துக்கும் அதிகமானவர்கள் முஸ்லிம்கள் மற்றும் கிறிஸ்தவர்களை உள்ளடக்கிய அரபு பலஸ்தீனர்களாகவே காணப்பட்டனர்.

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Life in Gaza Explained - AJ+

Do Europe's refugees represent an economic opportunity?

Timeless images of Jerusalem at the end of Ottoman rule

In its millennia of history, the inhabitants and rulers of the city of Jerusalem have changed countless times, from ancient pagans to Biblical Israelites to Byzantine Christians to Ottoman Muslims.
The Ottoman Turks took control of the city in 1517, absorbing it into their empire, which stretched across swaths of North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Walls built around the perimeter in 1538 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent contain what is today called the Old City, which is divided into Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian Quarters.
These photos capture the city in the final years of Ottoman rule, when it was the seat of an administrative district called the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, part of a broader region called Palestine. During this period, successive waves of Jewish immigration tipped the population of the city to firmly Jewish-majority.
In 1917, four centuries after first coming under Ottoman control, the city and surrounding territory was captured by the British, and a mandate was established.
The British administered Mandatory Palestine until rising Arab and Jewish nationalist tensions led to the Civil War and Arab-Israeli War of 1947-1948 and the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948.

Saudi investment of US $ 750 billion in America

Enough to develop Muslim world’s economy

By Latheef Farook

The United States Congress has beenso rabid in supportingIsraelthat lateAmerican President Ronald Reagan’s speech writer Pat Buchanansaid that the “US Congress is Zionist- occupied territory”.

Now fifteen years after the 9/11 tragedy, theUS Congress is trying to pass a bill that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue foreign governments.

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Is Erdogan taking Turkey towards the destructive path of Gaddafi and Bashar al Assad?

by Lateef Farooq  :  

Is President Tayyib Erdogan taking Turkey in the same destructive path that assassinated Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi took Libya and turned that prosperous country into a waste land and Syria’s butcher Bashar Al Assad who destroyed the entire country only to protect his barbarous regime?

This is the question now being asked in view of the hard line policy adopted by President Erdogan to crush saner voice of the people.

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Release of book on articles of late journalist Hamid Abdul Karim

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Book Release : 

United Nations Solidarity Day with Palestine, marking the illegal and immoral United Nations resolution on 29 November 1947, handing over Palestinian lands to Zionist Jews were imported by Britain and Zionist Jews  from all over, was observed at a special meeting at the Sports Ministry auditorium  on 4 December 2015.

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Sri Lanka Muslims in UK Honour Veteran journalist Latheef Farook

lf-harrow2The Sri Lankan Muslim community based in UK, at an event held at the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre (SLMCC) in the London Borough  of Harrow honoured veteran Sri Lanka journalist Latheef Farook  for his services in highlighting burning Muslim issues in the island and creating awareness both within the community and the country as a whole.

Latheef Farook is now on a three week long lecture tour to brief the Muslims of the current political situation in the country especially the changes taking place since the 8 January 2015 presidential election which brought Mr Maithripala Sirisena to power defeating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was invited by Harrow based SLMCC, which is considered a centre point for SL Muslims in UK.

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